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Check the firewall, I've had this problem with flex debuger and it can be one of 2 things:
1.- Your firewall is blocking the connection to the debuger
2.- Your Computer is running out of memory.
I'm having a similar problem to Exode90, on Mac OS 10.5. It appears to be that a connection can't be established between the debugger and the swf. I'm not clear when it started, but all attempts to resolve it have failed, including opening up all sorts of ports, uninstalling and reinstalling everything imaginable. The number of people who have discussed this problem over various forums on the internet is growing, but there seems to be little or no reaction from Adobe to get to the source of this pretty critical bug.
I ran into something similar when i was trying to debug an app I was writing, I chalked it up to my lack of familiarity with Flex. It just seemed to hang up when you hit the breakpoint.
The behavior you are all describing is normal: depending on where the current breakpoint is and what it does, the browser window will either be blank, or appear to be frozen, say, when it's waiting from some kind of action or input, then it continues and stops again at the next breakpoint.
When you are using the debugger, you would normally not even want to go to the browser unless you are going to do an action. For example, select something in a ComboBox when you have a breakpoint on the last line of the combobox's changeHandler function – at this point, the browser would "freeze" again and you would go back to examine your variables or something in the debugger.
When you are debugging you normally would be looking at variables or expressions each time the debugger stops at a breakpoint, not looking at the browser. If you notice, the browser closes automatically when you terminate a debugging session.
Sometimes you may need to switch perspectives to see the breakpoint. I've seen FB/Eclipse get into a situation where it is at a breakpoint but you can't see it, because I disabled the 'Switch to debug perspective' in the settings.